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By Jaymin Proulx www.architechtsofficial.com The first song of the Architect’s Daybreaker gives hint to a British screamo-metal band that is more than one-dimensional. It’s difficult to review this genre of mu sic: for one, the lyrics are non-negotiable, unless you read word for word their written work. Secondly, metal is thunderous and esoteric: not many can claim to be exclusive head-bangers and find joy in everything pounding and loud. There a re the mainstream metal bands that never go away (Metallica, and Megadeth) and t hose that sort of merge a combination of industrial noise and metal (TOOL, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson). According to Deena Weinstein in “Youth,” from Key Terms in Popular Music and Culture , heavy metal, especially thrash metal and death metal, have features that are t ough for little kids and too rough for mass commercialization. Daybreaker blends a little of the soft and coarse, and hints of folklore, life philosophy and sol ving your own problems with a level head. There is a wispiness to the fifth song, “Truth, Be told.” It’s slightly more comprehen sible and if you slow down to read what they scream, there is a great deal of in telligence in the ink. Song eight (“Behind the Throne”), is also a slower melody, th ough not without rage, but with lucid piano playing. Though heavy metal can be criticized for “having no melody,” states David Brackett, also of Key Terms in Popular Music and Culture, he explains that metal bands hav e often brought about a threat to social order, for genres such as this (also of punk, disco and rap) bring together new social and cultural alliances, or have focused attention on the dispossessed and marginalized. Those two verbs describe perfectly what Daybreaker manages to do. They would be a good listen if you like heavy metal and need a little reminder that hardship k nows no boundaries. If you don’t have a need for metal, Daybreaker is not for you. But from a critical ear, this album is a sweet reminder that not all heavy meta l is a colossal waste of time.